pan·​go·​lin | \ ˈpaŋ-gə-lən How to pronounce pangolin (audio) , ˈpan-\

Definition of pangolin

: any of a family (Manidae of the order Pholidota) of Asian and African toothless mammals having the body covered dorsally with large imbricated horny scales

called also scaly anteater

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Recent Examples on the Web The average starting price for pangolin items, most of which were listed as used, was $544. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Cowboy Boots Purchased in the U.S. Played Part in Pangolins’ Decline," 26 July 2019 The pangolin scales, worth an estimated total of $35.7 million, marked the city-state’s third such seizure this year. Fox News, "Singapore seizes 8.8 tons of elephant ivory in record $48 million bust," 23 July 2019 The pangolin scales were valued at $35.7 million and the tusks at $12.9 million. Washington Post, "Singapore seizes tons of elephant tusks, pangolin scales," 23 July 2019 International commercial trade in Asian pangolins was banned in 2000. Rachael Bale, National Geographic, "Pangolin scale medicines no longer covered by Chinese insurance," 29 Aug. 2019 Some of us browse the internet for photos of baby pangolins. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "What to do when you’re bored at work," 27 Aug. 2019 Promoting alternatives is one way to help people move away from using pangolin scales for pain relief. National Geographic, "Pangolin scales are not a party drug, say researchers," 9 Aug. 2019 Officials have now hauled in 37.5 tons of pangolin scales since April, the agency said. Fox News, "Singapore seizes 8.8 tons of elephant ivory in record $48 million bust," 23 July 2019 Since 2017, all eight pangolin species have been banned from international trade. Rachel Nuwer, National Geographic, "Cowboy boots sold in the U.S. fueled the decline of pangolins," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of pangolin

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pangolin

Malay dialect pĕngguling

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